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1 Corinthians 11:13

    1 Corinthians 11:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray to God uncovered?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Judge ye in yourselves: is it seemly that a woman pray unto God unveiled?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Be judges yourselves of the question: does it seem right for a woman to take part in prayer unveiled?

    Webster's Revision

    Judge ye in yourselves: is it seemly that a woman pray unto God unveiled?

    World English Bible

    Judge for yourselves. Is it appropriate that a woman pray to God unveiled?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Judge ye in yourselves: is it seemly that a woman pray unto God unveiled?

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 11:13

    Judge in yourselves - Consider the subject in your own common sense, and then say whether it be decent for a woman to pray in public without a veil on her head? The heathen priestesses prayed or delivered their oracles bare-headed or with dishevelled hair, non comptae mansere comae, as in the case of the Cumaean Sibyl, Aen. vi., ver. 48, and otherwise in great disorder: to be conformed to them would be very disgraceful to Christian women. And in reference to such things as these, the apostle appeals to their sense of honor and decency.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 11:13

    Judge in yourselves - Or, "Judge among yourselves." I appeal to you. I appeal to your natural sense of what is proper and right. Paul had used various arguments to show them the impropriety of their females speaking unveiled in public. He now appeals to their natural sense of what was decent and right, according to established and acknowledged customs and habits.

    Is it comely ... - Is it decent, or becoming? The Grecian women, except their priestesses, were accustomed to appear in public with a veil - Doddridge. Paul alludes to that established and proper habit, and asks whether it does not accord with their own views of propriety that women in Christian assemblies should also wear the same symbol of modesty.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 11:13

    11:13 Judge of yourselves - For what need of more arguments if so plain a case? Is it decent for a woman to pray to God - The Most High, with that bold and undaunted air which she must have, when, contrary to universal custom, she appears in public with her head uncovered?